I Love Gin.
But most of you knew that already, didn’t you?
Why do I love it so?
Well, it doesn’t make your lips scroll back over your teeth in a lupine snarl, like whisky does; it’s not tasteless like vodka so you have to add stuff to it; it’s not like brandy which burns…it’s so much more…delicious.
I was first introduced to gin by the best Gin Queen of all, B.
Shortly after TS and I got together, we took the train down to Winchester to meet her.
She was so glamorous and dazzling. I was more than a little intimidated.
Introductions over, she asked if I wanted a G’n'T (Gin and tonic for the uninitiated)?
Um, yes please. (Cue panicky thoughts: I’ve never had it before in my life, omg, what if I choke, make a face or vomit?)
I watched as the gin and tonic- making ceremony began.
Ice. Gin. Lime (never lemon in her house). The ssssssh of tonic as it splashed over cracking ice cubes.
I gingerly took a sip.
If there really are 3 steps to heaven, that was one of them.
I was hooked. It was so different to anything else I had tasted
(Babycham 1979, snowballs – 80s, Pernod and black – vom, Malibu)
But Gin and Tonic? My drink.
B had taken me through a right of passage.
You see, I believe that Gin is a drink for grown ups.
It can’t be truly appreciated unless you have:
- smoked a cigarette without vomiting
- ill-advisedly kissed your best friend’s ex (they were on a BREAK)
- made an idiot of yourself in a professional situation
- cried rivers of mascara for the person you thought was THE ONE in front of horrified onlookers (this may or may not have happened. In a pub. In public)
(I may have done, some or all of the above)
I’ve come along way since that evening with B.
I now know more about gin than I ought to and I’m about to begin a gin-loving adventure, but however I am drinking it, I think of her and that evening.
Chin chin B x
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